In 1905 King Edward VII was on the throne, finally having taken over from his late mother, Queen Victoria. Arthur Balfour is Prime Minister and Chelsea has just been elected to the Football League. The GPO had just gotten rid of horse-drawn carriages to deliver the mail from London to Brighton and replaced them with Motor Lorries.
The 1st public protest by a suffragette took place and Alf Common became the first £1000 football transfer.
The Farthing was the smallest denomination regularly issued. You had the King’s bare head on one side and a seated Britannia on the other side. We can offer you the King Edward VII Farthing in Fine condition for your collection.
For us, one of the most interesting and difficult coins of King Edward VII has always been the One Third Farthing. It is the smallest coin issued by Edward VII and it was made for only one year 1902.
A Farthing was 960 to the pound and these are each one third of that Farthing.
Although legal tender and used in this country, they were mainly made for use in Malta and Ceylon. The mintage is just 288,000 and they are now 117 years old. This group came in from a dealer who bought them from someone who put them away in 1902. The coins are in Brilliant Uncirculated condition and remember they are a one year type coin and very low mintage.
The 1955 Wren Farthing was the penultimate, or the next to last Farthing to ever be struck. In 1956
the last ever Farthing was struck. For some reason this penultimate Farthing is rather difficult to find
in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
You have the youthful bust of Queen Elizabeth II on one side, remember that she only came to the
throne in 1952, and on the other side you have a beautiful little wren. The coins on offer are in Brilliant
Uncirculated condition and are now some 63 years old.
For those of you too young to remember, there were 240 Pennies to the Pound and 4 Farthings to the
Penny. So that a pound’s worth of Farthings would have been 960 coins. Don’t we wish we had the
money and had put them away at the time?
In 1953 the Royal Mint issued new coins for the new Queen, Elizabeth II. But the legend was different
from all the coins that were to come, so that the 1953 coins and the Farthing in particular are one
year type coins.
This is important because there were only 4 dates of Elizabeth II Farthings ever issued, 1956 being
the last date of issue. Because the 1953 Coronation Farthing is a one year type, it is also the most difficult
one to get in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. We bought a group that had been put away in 1953,
some 65 years ago and had lain undisturbed until now.
Add a one year type, 1953 Coronation Farthing in Brilliant Uncirculated to your collection, they are
not easy to get.